Civil war

Civil war

Learning about the country's history

A group of youngsters from Manuela's school have a history project and ask one of the retired SOS mothers what it was like during the civil war in Mozambique.

At first, Amelia talks about when she was young. During the colonial period, when Mozambique was ruled by Portugal, there were few schools. And the schools were mainly for white children.

When Mozambique became independent in 1975, a large number of schools were built. However, the mother describes how many were destroyed during the civil war.

During the ten years or so of conflict (1982-1992), atrocities were committed on a huge scale. It is estimated that over 100,000 Mozambicans were killed. Amelia recounts her own personal loss in the video.